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Over 50 local kids get free bikes, helmets

Cyndy Bayer, RN, helps nine-year-old Chloe Kaeder adjust her new helmet. (Submitted photos)1 / 2
Sisters Chloe and Haley Kader on their new bikes.2 / 2

RIVER FALLS--On Dec. 7, more than 50 kids from River Falls, Ellsworth and Spring Valley received an early Christmas present.

Volunteers at River Falls Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, provided the kids with free bikes and bike helmets, along with information on bike safety and concussion prevention.

Across the Allina Health system, more than 5,000 kids received bikes at 12 giveaway events. These bikes were collected at 51 Allina Health locations on Oct. 12. For nearly two months, volunteers worked tirelessly to clean and repair the bikes to have them ready for the kids.

“Biking is fun, a great way to get around town and excellent exercise,” said Heather Logelin, the hospital’s director of foundation and community engagement. "We know that, for some families, purchasing a new bike just isn’t an option. This program is all about getting bikes into the hands of those kids, so that they can get outside and be active.”

This was the third year in a row Allina Health has teamed up with Free Bikes 4 Kidz to collect and distribute donated bicycles for kids in need throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. More about Free Bikes 4 Kidz is available online at